It Is Well with My Soul

It Is Well with My Soul

Most all have heard part of the story: Horatio Spafford, a prominent Chicago lawyer, sent his wife, Anna, and their four daughters on a transatlantic voyage aboard the ill-fated S.S. Ville du Havre. Spafford was to have journeyed with them but, at the last moment, was detained by business. On November 22, 1873, the ship collided with another vessel, the Lochearn, sinking in 12 minutes and claiming the lives of 226 including the Spaffords’ four daughters. Anna was found floating semi-conscious on a piece of broken planking.

Anna Spafford gave birth to three more children. Their only son died of pneumonia at age four. Yet, with all of this heartbreak, Horatio and Anna Spafford’s strong, resilient faith led them to eventually settle in Jerusalem where they served the needy, helped the poor, cared for the sick, and opened hearts and home to homeless children.

We hope you’ll enjoy this arrangement of “It Is Well With My Soul.” You may download it at no cost and use with your congregation.

You may hear Hugh Bonneville’s remarkable story of the Spaffords and the penning of this beloved hymn below.

—Benjamin Harlan

About the author

Mike Eller: Mike is a Minister of Music and Worship as well as a Graphic Designer living in New York City. Originally from Virginia Beach, VA, He earned a Bachelor of Music (Sacred Music) and a Master of Music (Conducting) from Baylor University in Waco, TX. Also having earned a Master of Divinity degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary, he has held music positions in Texas and North Carolina churches for nearly 20 years. As part of these roles, Mike has directed ensembles of all types and including all ages. From directing children, youth and adult choirs to leading instrumental ensembles, including orchestras, chamber groups, and handbell choirs, he has gained a wide array of music directing experience on the podium. Currently, Mike serves as Interim Minister of Music and Worship at College Park Baptist Church in Greensboro, NC — a position he fills remotely while living in New York City with his wife, Katie, and their two children, Samuel and Karah.


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